Pregnancy can come with many joys, but also many pains. We know about the common complaints like general nausea and vomiting, leg cramps, backache, and heartburn. Did you know that there are some conditions while pregnant you should not wait to see if it is serious but you go to your healthcare provider right away? We are going to learn about these today. The first one we will discuss is preeclampsia warning signs. I hope you enjoy!
1. Preeclampsia warning signs
Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition of pregnancy. It can occur without any of the physical symptoms like elevated blood pressure, protein in the urine, generalizes swelling, or headaches. This condition is serious because it can lead to seizures, which can be detrimental to the life of both mother and baby. If you are experiencing high blood pressure now in your pregnancy, your healthcare provider should mention preeclampsia to you. The condition often occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. The warning signs include:
- Severe headache that never goes away even if you take medication
- Upper abdominal pain
- Puffiness of the face or eyes
- Rapid weight gain
- Sudden swelling of face , hands, ankles, feet
- Vision changes i.e. seeing spots or double vision
2. Vaginal bleeding
Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, bleeding can mean a number of things. It may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy if you are bleeding profusely, have extreme abdominal pain and menstrual-like cramps, or feel faint during your first trimester. Ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, into the fallopian tube is potentially fatal.
Moreover, in the first or early second trimester, heavy bleeding and cramping may be a symptom of miscarriage. In the third trimester, moreover, bleeding with abdominal pain could suggest placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta breaks from the uterine lining. Please remember that any bleeding except implantation bleed is always serious and should be checked out.
It’s difficult to know if a new ache or symptom is “natural” or whether you should call your healthcare provider or go to the emergency room during pregnancy because your body changes so quickly. If you’re unsure but concerned that something is wrong, trust your intuition and seek assistance.
Changes with vaginal discharge:
If your discharge changes from white mousy to pink, creamy, or yellow, you need to see your healthcare provider. The colors can mean different things. White discharge is normal, creamy or yellow can mean infection.
3. Symptoms of the Flu
Our doctors agree it’s important for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine because they’re more likely than other women to get sick and have severe complications from the virus during flu season.
If you do get the flu, Bernstein advises, “don’t rush into a hospital or doctor’s office where you could spread it to other pregnant women.” “First, call your doctor.”
4. Your Water bag suddenly flows
When you enter the dining room for a snack, a rush of water runs down your legs. Many women whom I have nursed, come to seek medical help because they are not aware if their bag of waters have broken. It can be very subtle. What I tell my clients is to think back and remember if they were urinating or whether they had control over what was happening. Sometimes, the leakage could be so small it is hard to detect.
5. Sudden Contractions could mean pre -termed labor
Contractions during the third trimester is called Braxton hicks . They occur quite frequent during this time and is normal. However, if you experience sudden contractions with watery, mucus white discharge or pink or bloody discharge seek medical advice right away. The contractions may be happen 4 times in one hour. Other signs may be pelvic or lower belly pressure, dull ache that is constant or repetitive in your lower back, pelvic area, lower belly, or thighs, mild belly cramps, diarrhea, your water breaks in a trickle or gush.
Here is what to do if your water breaks at home:
If you have contractions empty your bladder, drink 2-3 glasses of water and lie down on your left side for one hour. If they do not go away or if the pain gets worse, seek medical attention.
6.Nausea and vomiting for 24 hours or more
7. Chills or fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
8.Vomitting or diarrhea lasting 24 hours or more
9. COVID-19 signs or sensitivity
Fever, cough, and shortness of breath, as well as chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell, are all possible symptoms.
10. Bladder infections – Pelvic or lower abdominal pain
A bladder infection may cause painful or burning urination, the urge to go again minutes after peeing, little or no urination, and urine that is cloudy, blood-tinged, or has a strong odor.
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Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy should be a priority for you. You are loaded with the next generation. You should be so happy that you are pregnant with honor by God. Do all you can to make your pregnancy a happy, healthy, and safe one. Thank you for stopping by today. Please like or comment if you like.